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4G has been in the UK headlines over the last few weeks as both O2 and Vodafone rolled out their LTE services. They have some catching up to do though against EE who are already well established in the market. EE was predicting that they would hit the one million 4G subscriber base by the end of the year, but it seems that the good folk of the UK are loving their super fast speeds as EE have hit that target four months early.
That's great news for EE and for BlackBerry 10 users too as all BB10 handsets are 4G capable. Getting actual sales figures out of a carrier in terms of how many BlackBerry 10 devices they have sold is never going to happen, but Team BlackBerry will be in the mix.
The other interesting fact here is to do with pricing. Having an EE 4G contract is more expensive than a 3G one on their sister companies - Orange and T-Mobile - which just goes to prove that consumers are in fact willing to pay a little extra for faster data speeds. Contract prices are always a topic of conversation and people are forever complaining, but this latest news from EE seems to go against the norm.
Are you an EE BlackBerry 10 customer in the UK? Give us your thoughts in the comments regarding pricing? Or are you just going to wait until the end of the year when Three rolls out 4G at no extra cost?
EE launched the UK’s first 4G service on October 30th 2012 and since then adoption has been driven by EE’s rapid country-wide network rollout. More than 100 towns and cities are now able to enjoy 4G at speeds which are not only the fastest in the UK, but are also faster than networks in the rest of Europe, the US and Japan.
To thank its one million 4GEE customers, EE is giving each and every one 50% off one of the latest accessories in-store. Details of the offer will be sent directly to customers via text message.
Olaf Swantee, CEO, EE, says: “The UK mobile sector saw a huge shift 10 months ago with the launch of 4G from EE. We set a new standard for UK mobile networks, and the way consumers and businesses are using their mobile devices in this country has been transformed.
“We have seen one of the fastest adoption rates in the world and I’m immensely proud to announce today that we have reached a significant milestone – one million 4G customers.
“We know that all communities across Britain want 4G, not just those in the big urban centres, and we’re committed to continuing to roll out superfast mobile at this record breaking pace.
“EE has the most attractive 4G pricing in the world – and we’re also gearing up to launch a new range of innovative plans, providing even more ways for people to get the fastest speeds and the best value plans.”
4G Transforming Connectivity for Consumers and Businesses in Britain
EE’s first 4G Mobile Living Index revealed that:
· Nearly half of users are using fewer or no public WiFi spots since using 4G, as faster, more reliable mobile speeds give people the freedom to stream, share and download more on the move
· A third of UK 4G users stream more content over 4G, than they did on 3G, with BBC iPlayer, Netflix and Sky Go the favourite TV services and tablets driving 60% more video streaming on smartphones
· 4G is also enabling people to go beyond streaming and browsing, with 19% of users shopping more on their smartphone or tablet, than they did with 3G
Business and 4G
4G is proving to be a catalyst for business growth with companies of all sizes being transformed by superfast mobile speeds. From London’s Air Ambulance cutting down critical response times and Kier reducing the time it takes to set up remote construction sites, to press photographers getting their shots to picture desks well ahead of competitors; entire industries are becoming smarter and more effective with 4G.